Our part of town has the unusual distinction of being home base to not one but two of the country’s top harrier clubs. Wellington Harriers Athletic Club (WHAC) lives on Alexandra Road in the winter and is based at Newtown Park in the summer track season. Wellington Scottish Harriers is based at Prince of Wales Park in Mt Cook. Members of both clubs are involved in the fantastic childrens’ athletics programme that runs on Saturday mornings at Newtown Park over the Summer. While both clubs have members from all over the city bit it was still a buzz to see people from each of these locally based outfits recognised at the recent Wellington Sportsperson of the Year Awards.
Congratulations to Louise Evans McDonald from WHAC who won Administrator of the Year, and Peter Wrigley from Scottish who won Official of the Year. Louise’s award relates largely to the huge role she has played in recent years in children’s athletics in the city. Peter officiates at a huge range of running and walking events and the 2012 London Olympics were his second as a race walking judge. He has also achieved the rare feat of finishing in excess of 100 marathon races.